101 Things to Do in Destin, Florida

If you have never been to Destin, Florida, then you may not realize just how much there is to do. So, to entice you to spend some time here in Destin, here are 101 awesome ways to get to know one of the most delightful towns in Florida’s Emerald Coast.

As you stroll along the coastline, you will likely see small holes in the sand. If you will stomp the ground around the holes, it is common for small sand crabs to appear. These small crabs are fun to watch. This is a fun activity for kids of all ages.

This Group Just Returned from a Backlash Fishing Trip

  1. Bowl a few games at Hurricane Lanes or other area bowling alleys.
  2. Buy a cool beach towel at one of the area beach shops.
  3. Buy some homemade candy at the Candymakers or Sugar Baby…after all, what’s the beach without a little bit of sugar?
  4. Celebrating Christmas may seem like an odd thing to think about at the beach, but if you are in the Emerald Coast during December, then be sure to visit the many delightful shops along Scenic Hwy. 30 .
  5. Commemorate your time in Destin by getting a tattoo at Alan’s Cool Ink.
  6. Cruise the coastline with a 49cc scooter.
  7. Dance the night away at the Village Door or other area dance locations.
  8. Dine and dance as you reenergize or ignite your relationship with a SunQuest dinner cruise aboard the elegant SOLARIS yacht
  9. Dine in style at the Ocean Club, the Lighthouse and other fine dining establishments in the Emerald Coast area.
  10. Do nothing more than chill out with a cold drink and an interesting book at the beautiful Silver Shells Beach.
  11. Do you love acting and theatre? Then spend some time with Ft. Walton’s own thespian group and take in a play at Stagecrafters. Performing plays such as The Odd Couple, Guys & Dolls and others, you are sure to enjoy a play performed by these fine actors and actresses.
  12. Do you love to sing karaoke? Then visit Harry T’s on Sunday nights and sing your favorites.
  13. Eat a scoop (or perhaps many scoops) of ice cream at one of Destin’s ice creameries.
  14. Eat great pizza at Destin locations like LandSharks and the Caboun Café
  15. Enjoy a meal on the water at AJ’s Get off the Docks.
  16. Enjoy a night of wine and art at the Emerald Cork Paint Party.
  17. Get a massage at one of Destin’s many spas and massage therapy locations.
  18. Get an airbrushed shirt, tank or other item; you will find airbrush pros all around Destin!
  19. Get in touch with your inner child as you build sandcastles using the pure white sand on one of the Emerald Coast beaches such as Barracuda, Calhoun or Crystal Beach.
  20. Get married. Our gorgeous white sand and crystal clear water make the perfect backdrop for a beachside wedding.
  21. Get some sunscreen! The beautiful white sand of the Destin beaches may be amazing but it also makes it much easier to get sunburned. Take precautions and always use some sunscreen—even if you are a person who tans!
  22. Go bay fishing for redfish, bluefish, ladyfish flounder and many other fish commonly found in the waters of the Emerald Coast.
  23. Go canoeing with a rental from Blackwater Canoe and explore the “hidden” areas of Destin.
  24. Go crabbing. The Get Hooked on Destin team knows the best places to visit for this family-friendly activity.
  25. Go deep sea fishing with the Backlash crew.
  26. Go Duck Hunting with the Get Hooked on Destin team.
  27. Go flyboarding – this sport combines jet skiing with a hovercraft to fly through the air.
  28. Go horseback riding.
  29. Go jet skiing or wave running…Get Hooked on Destin has these for rent.
  30. Go kiteboarding. Never tried this awesome sport? No problem, there are plenty of locations in Destin where you can learn.
  31. Go ocean kayaking with Get Hooked on Destin.
  32. Go on a dolphin watch with the GHOD team.
  33. Go on a glass-bottomed boat tour with the crew at Boogies Watersports.
  34. Go parasailing at Pelican Adventures.
  35. Go scuba diving at Emerald Coast Scuba.
  36. Go shark fishing.
  37. Go to Gulfarium Marine Park in the nearby Ft. Walton area and let the young and young at heart learn and play the day away with animal encounters and shows.
  38. Go to one of the area flea markets and browse away an afternoon or morning.
  39. Go wave running at Wet-n-Wild.
  40. Grab your favorite beach towel, sun hat, lounge chair and sunglasses and visit Pompano Beach so you can work on a tan.
  41. Have a caricature drawn at Cartoons by Deano.
  42. Have a facial, get a mani/pedi, schedule a body shaping – indulge in something that makes you smile and feel like royalty.
  43. Have a love for the smell of cigars? Visit Harbor Cigars and indulge yourself.
  44. Have a sno cone at Deep South Sno Treats. (Yes, it is “sno” w/o the “w”)
  45. Indulge in a massage at you condo, RV or hotel room with a mobile massage therapist.
  46. Join your love of hunting and fishing with a bow fishing excursion with Get Hooked on Destin’s gaming trips. This is perfect for outdoor lovers of all ages!
  47. Learn about the area’s past at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida.
  48. Learn how to knit at Unwind, the Yarn Shop.
  49. Learn to paddleboard with a professional at Get Hooked on Destin.
  50. Learn to snorkel.
  51. Look for gems at Harborwalk Mining Co.
  52. Look for the perfect seashell as you meander your way along the coastline at Destin’s own Shirah Beach.
  53. Make a drive to nearby Panama City and check out the many unique things to do, such as Ripley’s Believe it or Not.
  54. Make some awesome family memories with a Buccaneer Pirate Cruise. You are certain to have a blast as you take part in their scavenger hunt!
  55. Park the RV and venture out.
  56. Part of the fun of going on vacation, is not having to be at your office at 8 am. Be sure to use part of your Destin vacation time to catch up on sleep. Vacationing in Destin means not apologizing for sleeping in or taking an afternoon nap.
  57. Pay your respects to some of our nation’s finest at the Air Force Museum Foundation.
  58. Pick up some great artwork for your home at Donna Burgess, So Stinkin’ Cute, Strokes and other area galleries.
  59. Play beach volleyball during Emerald Coast Volleyball Week.
  60. Play bingo at Perry Avenue’s Bingo Castle in nearby Ft. Walton.
  61. Play golf. Destin is not just for beach bumming it, take on one of our amazing fairways and work on your golf handicap.
  62. Play laser tag at Blast Arcade and Laser Maze. This is a great activity for the whole family!
  63. Play some miniature golf with the kids…be sure to take some awesome pics along the way!
  64. Play tennis at the Seascape Golf, Tennis and Beach Resort.
  65. Race go-karts at the Track Family course.
  66. Relax at Destin’s Henderson Beach State Park.
  67. Rent a street-legal multi-seat golf cart from Destin Wheels and explore the beach in style and comfort.
  68. Ride a bike along the boardwalk or our beautiful trails.
  69. Rides the waves-whether it is body surfing, bogie boarding, or some other form of wave riding, you will have your fill in Destin.
  70. Sample your way to all the best seafood at the local seafood buffet restaurants.
  71. Shop at S4 Tactical Gear in SanDestin and get all the things you need to try out the many sports opportunities in Destin.
  72. Spend a day at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Where you will find 3.2 miles of secluded, white sand beaches and dunes over 25 feet tall; there are also three rare coastal dune lakes provide excellent freshwater fishing, as well as biking and walking trails.
  73. Spend a day shopping for antiques at Plethora Antique Mall.
  74. Spend a day splashing and sliding around at Big Kahuna’s Water Park.
  75. Spend a day visiting the Farmer’s Market in nearby Niceville.
  76. Spend some time at the nearby City of Fort Walton Heritage Park and Cultural Center.
  77. Take a banana boat ride with Destin Harbor Banana Boats.
  78. Take a crossfit class at IronClad and combine a great vacation with a new way to work out.
  79. Take a cruise to Crab Island where locals go to relax. Along the way, see some dolphins and marine life.
  80. Take a day cruise and explore the waterways.
  81. Take a helicopter ride above the beach.
  82. Take a history cruise and learn about the area’s history.
  83. Take a lesson with the Beach Sand Sculptures, Rick and Capri Mungeon.
  84. Take a painting class at Souvenir Painting. Enjoy some wine and learn how to paint like a pro.
  85. Take a pirate cruise with Blackbeard.
  86. Take a pontoon boat cruise….the Get Hooked on Destin team is great choice if you are a novice and want to learn how!
  87. Take a surfing lesson.
  88. Take an art class with famed regional painter, Sharon Long.
  89. Take an eco-tour and see indigenous birds, marine animals, flora and fauna.
  90. Take in a movie at Rave Motion.
  91. Take lots of pictures! There are so many beautiful places, amazing sunrises and sunsets, delightful and yes, frightful, animals and numerous memory-making opportunities in Destin you can easily find plenty of photo ops.
  92. Take the kids to Fat Daddy’s, a local place similar to Chuck E. Cheese.
  93. The Destin Boardwalk has so many things to do, you could spend a whole day there and still not get to explore all the shops!
  94. Visit a food truck like the Alligator Pear Food Truck and experience the “island” lifestyle.
  95. Visit Gator Beach, located at the Destin Fudpuckers, offers one the chance to observe and even feed over 100 alligators.
  96. Visit TBS Comics and catch up on your favorite super heroes.
  97. Visit the Emerald Coast Science Center and enjoy hands on learning fun for kids and adults. Though geared for the children, parents will also enjoy learning about sea creatures, experiencing a wind tunnel, electrical safety, play with bubbles and many other interactive exhibits designed to educate through play.
  98. Visit the Gulf Breeze Zoo.
  99. Xtreme H2O Sports – play hard, parasail, see dolphins, tour via a wave runner and other great activities.
  100. You don’t have to worry about finding something to read while not breaking the bank. At Read it Again Books you will find pre-owned books at a fraction of the price of a new book.
  101. Make new friends at the beach, while dining out, dancing or whatever it s that you enjoy doing!

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